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White skunk (not albino)

We have a resident skunk that appears to be almost all white with a black stripe down his back. We have never seen a skunk with this much white before. According to local sayings, they say it is called a polecat and not a skunk if it is mostly white. What do you have to say? He (she) sure is gorgeous!

Wildlife Expert - David Herlocker

My guess is that the individual you are describing is a Striped Skunk with extremely wide white stripes, which cover most of the dorsal surface of the animalís back. There is a great deal of variability in the amount of white on Striped Skunks, some are nearly completely black, and occasionally one finds an individual with very wide white stripes such as you describe. A Polecat is a relative of the skunk (they look more like ferrets) found in Europe; they are dark in color with light markings on the face.

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